Procurement recruitment has been busy in the first few months of 2019 as businesses seek to fill jobs that will help with any transformation coming as a result of Brexit progressions.
Hiring of procurement professionals continues to be busy across the board, as businesses seek to reduce their spend and ensure contract risks are minimal. Within Financial Services, there has been a specific and noticeable rise in vacancies at Payment firms and FinTech businesses.
Whilst there have been numerous roles available, professionals have been somewhat reluctant to move in the first few months of 2019 as it is generally when bonuses are paid and most will wait to see what they are in line to receive before considering a move. This is a money driven profession and, therefore, companies that have been performing well and are offering the best remuneration and bonus packages are always going to be chosen by top talent.
Category Management remains a key area of hiring, so upskilling in this is hugely beneficial for all procurement professionals. Further to this, Transformation experience is desirable as businesses will require such support to guide them through the uncertainty of Brexit.
A large number of professionals are now requesting an element of flexibility in their role or the opportunity to work remotely. As a consequence, organisations have had to offer this if they want to secure the strongest candidates in what is a highly competitive marketplace.
Businesses have also continued searching for tendering specialists who can help them mitigate risk on their EU contracts amid all the Brexit confusion.